Umi No Uzu is a brand new AAO work commissioned from Tokyo based composer, pianist, and hip hop producer, Aaron Choulai, that reflects the myriad influences at play in his music.
Aaron was born in Papua New Guinea, grew up in Melbourne, lived for a time in New York, and has made Tokyo his home for the last ten years. He plays jazz, makes beats for hip hop artists all over the world, and has a degree in Japanese aesthetics. In Umi No Uzu he has created a work that brings together these diverse preoccupations. Translating literally as ‘stirring the oceans’ Umi No Uzu is a response to the Japanese creation story told through the lens of Choulai’s unique artistry.
Aaron Choulai (Tokyo/Melbourne) accordion/composition
Miyama McQueen-Tokita (Tokyo/Melbourne) koto
Peter Knight (Melbourne) trumpet
Chris Hale (Melbourne) bass
Kojo (Tokyo) rap
Erkki Veltheim (Melbourne) violin
Joe Talia (Melbourne/Tokyo) drums
Ian Whitehurst (Melbourne) saxophone
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